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tonight 11 days on the stand even one more twisted and shocking than the last. jodi arias on trial for her life once again turns the courtroom into a triple-x theater and paints her boyfriend as something out of a horror movie. also, dr. sanjay gupta digs into the diet that could protect you from heart disease. eating mediterranean and just maybe living longer. keeping them honest with the man records show helped dozens of child rapists escape justice. it's all documented in tens of thousands of pages of previously secret personnel files covering 124 accused sexual predators who were shielded from justice with the authority and often with the knowledge of this person. you may ask yourself is he now awaiting trial on obstruction of
justice charges? no, he's in rome getting ready to select the next pope. he's cardinal roger mahoney of los angeles. get this. he's complaining about people who are offended and lashing out at the media for reporting on the controversy. he's tweeting a lot about it, about pope benedict's final general audience tomorrow. he's tweeting about the nice climate in rome, mid-50s he says during the day, upper 30s at night. great holy spirit weather, he says. he's tweeting and blogging about how unfair people are being to him. bear in mind this is a man who until late last month was stripped of all public duties after being revealed in church documents as someone who protected sexual predators. in a moment we'll talk to an abuse survivor and first casey wian with more on the controversy. >> reporter: members of a nationwide group of reform-minded catholics gathered outside the home church of retired cardinal roger mahoney.
>> reporter: nearly 10,000 signatures pleading with the disgraced head of the roman archdiocese not to vote for the next pope. >> his participation in the conclave would only bring clouds of shame in a time that should bring springs of hope. >> reporter: the following day cardinal mahoney left for rome anyway to help choose the next leader of more than a billion catholics worldwide. >> may almighty god bless you. >> reporter: many u.s. catholics are outraged because recently released court documents show mahoney helped protect accused pedophile priests from law enforcement. >> his attendance at the conclave is a slap in the face to catholics and to victims. >> reporter: in the 1980s, she was abused by a catholic school teacher. she's now an activist with s.n.a.p., survivors network of those abused by priests. >> here's a man that we now know through these documents released over the past month, for 25 years in the archdiocese of los angeles he covered up for child sexual abuse. >> reporter: newspaper columnist
michael fit gerald was an altar boy in the '80s for mahoney. >> it's an issue of moral authority. they flouted the law, so he has no place voting for the church's highest spiritual authority. >> reporter: but mahoney isn't staying silent. far from it. on monday from rome he enraged his detractors by blogging this response to the controversy -- i can't recall a time such as now when people tend to be so judgemental and even self-righteous, so quick to accuse, judge and condemn. and often with scant real facts and information. mahoney also lashed out at the media saying, 24/7 news broadcasts provide little context. >> he seemed to be comparing himself to the suffering of jesus, which is the height of megalomaniac self-pity and should be seen for what it is. jesus didn't deserve to be crucified. cardinal mahoney brought this public ridicule on himself. >> reporter: mahoney's successor, archbishop jose gomez called the files of mahoney's
efforts to cover up abuse by priests brutal and painful reading and he stripped mahoney of his public duties but not as a sacred duty as cardinal elector of the next pope. >> i don't think there's any question to disqualify him. >> reporter: mahoney's defender, even some of his critics, praise his work on behalf of the poor. >> as the prince of the church, one of the most important religious figures in the united states within the catholic church, cardinal mahoney gave voice and face to undocumented immigrants. and before him, these voices were silent. >> reporter: archbishop gomez who had earlier excoriated mahoney wrote to fellow priests later i'm confident that cardinal mahoney's accomplishments and experience in the areas of immigration, social justice, sacred liturgy and the role of the layity in the church will serve the college of cardinals as well. >> his first obligation was to
children, his social justice obligation was to child safety, his immigration obligation was not to send perpetrator priests into immigrant neighborhoods and spanish speaking parishes. all these claims he has of being a reformer, is all tarnished. >> reporter: mahoney seems to be taking the scathing criticism in stride offering a tweet from rome asking, anyone interested in loving your enemies or doing good to those who persecute you? see my blog for today. wow, jesus is demanding. casey wian, cnn, los angeles. >> cardinal mahoney is not the only one who arrives in rome under a cloud of a global scandal. just a few days ago new york's archbishop cardinal timothy dolan was grilled by lawyers for abuse victims back when he was an archbishop of milwaukee. joining us christiane amanpour, john allen of the national catholic reporter and abuse survivor, former priest and currently co-founder and president of road to recovery, an organization that counsels
fellow survivors. john, the tone of cardinal mahoney's blog post, he clearly seems to feel that he is being persecuted and he says he's praying for those who unfairly attack him, he blames the media. for viewers who have not been following this closely, according to internal church records cardinal mahoney and a top adviser discussed ways to hide the sexual abuse of children from law enforcement for years, preventing police from investigating priests who had admitted to church officials they molested young boys, correct? >> yeah, that is correct, anderson. i think when cardinal mahoney argues that he's being unfairly treated, what he means is that while those failures that you're talking about are abundantly documented he would contend that later on once he became aware of the enormity of this problem he turned the corner and tried to become a reformer. some would suggest his later years he moved the archdiocese of los angeles forward.
>> robert, do you think cardinal mahoney gets it? he's apologized, but does he get it? >> no, he doesn't get it. a man of his stature and his reputation should be able to come before the entire public and say, i blew it. i made real serious mistakes, and i'm going to pledge to clean it up. but no, unfortunately, it becomes the pity party for priests again. you know, that everybody's attacking the cardinals, the hierarchy. the hierarchy should be attacked because it was they who masterminded the serial cover-up of children for years and years. >> christiane, we're talking about how the vatican claims that some of these scandals we're hearing about is an attempt to influence the selection of the next pope. are there any signs that any of this is having an impact on the process?
>> look, i don't think so, but i can actually confirm what you just said and what your guests just said. there is a feeling of being really under siege here by the vatican. there's a feeling of being beleaguered. there's a feeling that we're all focusing far too much on these scandals. and there isn't a feeling that we just need to get this out in the open and staunch this wound, if you like. and certainly today you had victims' groups, victims who came over here and had a press conference and laid out what they would like the vatican to do to finally make this a fully transparent, accountable and for it to go away and certainly for the next pope to really start making the whole vatican accountable for all this. but they have really, really lashed out at all of us and accused us -- well, some of us anyway, of trying to influence the next conclave and the election. but it's kind of strange that kind of accusation.
>> it's interesting, robert, because the accusation by some church officials that the media is focusing too much on this, i don't think the media has focused much on this at all over the years. if you report on this a lot, frankly, people kind of turn it off because they feel like i've heard about it, there's nothing new there, but the details that came out, the stuff cardinal mahoney is accused of doing, it's shocking. >> no one is to blame for any of this, anderson, except the hierarchy. they masterminded it, they covered it up. they're now continuing to behave in a way as if they're the victims. they're not the victims. and you're right, it has not been covered the way that victims would like it to be covered. but the new pope is going to have to take this bull by the horns and do something real radical including firing anybody who has covered it up. i was fired, you know, when i was a priest for calling for the resignation of any bishop who has covered up clergy sex abuse. i was called into my bishop's
office and fired. >> have any bishops been fired for covering up sexual abuse. >> no. cardinal law was the only one who resigned. no bishop has really been held accountable for this tragedy. >> christiane, you covered the election of this pope to become pope. how is it different this time around? i don't think anyone anticipated, certainly not in the vatican, the allegations, the scandal we've seen in just the last couple weeks. >> i think in that regard, obviously, it's very different. we didn't have quite this deluge of information 2005 when pope john paul died and as we watched the election of pope benedict xvi. obviously it had already come out in the united states and there are lots of reports but hadn't exploded in europe. i'm talking to vatican insiders and watchers who say this may explode in other parts of the world as well, that it is a bit
of a ticking timebomb. in that regard, it is different. clearly the church is really -- they just simply can't believe that all these headlines are happening the very final week of pope benedict's reign. so they're desperately trying to get out from under this deluge of bad news and hope at least the next two days are going to be much more devoted to the final religious tasks of pope benedict. tomorrow he has his final general audience. they've handed out tens of thousands of tickets. st. peter's square behind me is going to be filled. there's going to be the traditional popemobile circular around st. peter's square. then the gradual ceremonial steps that are going to be taken before pope benedict xvi leave. but unprecedented in this way and, of course, because this is a pope who is resigning. it's not like a pope has died. the next pope will be elected with a pope emeritus, as he'll be called, still here, still looking over his shoulder, if he
so chooses. >> robert? >> john allen mentioned that the church should be applauded for its zero tolerance policy, but that policy is not being followed. there are pedophile priests still in ministry, there are many priests in ministry. i asked to be relieved of my priestly vows last year. in record time i was given that dispensation. now pedophile priest, they're still being coddled, they're still being paid. they're still being treated as if they're still members of the clergy in good standing. so the church still has not confronted the real issues here, the real issues here, people have to be held accountable for what has gone on in this church and they're not being held accountable. >> robert, i appreciate you being on with us. john allen and christiane amanpour as well. thanks. >> thank you. let's continue this discussion during the commercial break on twitter right now. a lot of folks are tweeting about this already saying that cardinal mahoney should not be part of this conclave.
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raw politics now. just in case you thought your elected representatives were actually working hard to solve the latest budget mess that they made for themselves, well, you just weren't paying attention the other three times. many in washington think now is not the time to hammer out a deal to avert spending cuts.
many in washington seem to think that now is the time for both sides to point fingers or, as the speaker of the house did today, point fingers and drop an a-bomb. >> reporter: it has come to this. >> we shouldn't have to move a third bill before the senate gets off their ass and do something. >> reporter: versus the senate majority leader whose mother made ends meet by cleaning brothels. >> i was raised in a little town that had 13 brothels in it. i'm used to some pretty salty language. i think he should understand who is sitting on their posterior. we're doing our best here to pass something. the speaker's doing nothing to try to pass anything over there. >> reporter: that off color verbal volley took the blame game to a new rather low level
as democrats and republicans conceded forced spending cuts they created in 2011 with no intention of actually kicking in now almost certainly will starting friday. president obama took his bully pulpit to virginia where the white house said across the board cuts will force the navy to cancel maintenance of 11 ships. >> that hurts this community. because of these automatic cuts, about 90,000 virginians who work for the department of defense would be forced to take unpaid leave from their jobs. >> reporter: then rapid fire warnings of other real world effects from forced spending cuts. >> more than 2,000 college students would lose their financial aid. delays at airports across the country. tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care. >> reporter: republicans argue consequences from the country's debt would be worse than $85 billion in spending cuts and they liken the president to chicken little.
>> saying that the sky is falling all in an effort to try to scare congress and scare the american people into doing what he wants, which is raising taxes. >> reporter: that speaks to the heart of the divide. republicans say no new taxes in any deal to prevent indiscriminate cuts. democrats want tax increases and spending cuts. it's philosophical and on this, insurmountable. >> i believe we should go ahead with the sequester. >> salty language aside, let's talk about facts. depending on who you listen to, if these cuts take place been it will either be a major catastrophe or not a big deal in the slightest. what is the truth. >> there are definitely real effects because there is little to nothing anybody can do because of the law of the land, across the board. the question about how much people are going to feel it and how much pain is going to be inflicted on them and then as a consequence on politicians, that really is an open question.
republicans are banking on the fact that there won't be enough of a public outcry to hurt them politically. democrats, as you heard from the president, they're banking on the fact that the opposite will be true. so we're not really sure. one of the problems, i would say politically more for democrats, is the way that this is structured is that some of these cuts really won't be felt for about a month or so. so it really is too soon to tell, that's the honest answer. >> appreciate the reporting. ahead we're tracking the record breaking blizzard that's claimed three lives, moving northeast tonight, pummeling the nation's midsection. look at those pictures you just don't see snow. texas. other places. we'll get the latest from how bad it is from jason carroll on the ground in illinois. testimony today on pop rocks, tootsie pops. we'll explain more. randi kaye was in the courtroom.
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welcome back. the blizzard that pummeled texas and oklahoma 24 hours ago is battering the nation's heartland tonight. eastern kansas, missouri, illinois taking the brunt of it. more than 56,000 customers without power right now. hundreds of flights obviously have been canceled at chicago's o'hare airport. the storm moves northeast. we're learning more about the toll that it has taken. three people have died that we know about. we've got reporters on the ground following the storm's path. here's what jason carroll has seen. >> reporter: blinding conditions, near whiteout in several states. blowing and drifting snow with wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour made for treacherous driving. in amarillo, people stepped out into this.
the storm dumped 19 inches of snow monday breaking a one-day snowfall record that stood for more than a century. many here already weary from the last snowstorm which hit the southern plains a week ago. the warnings this time all too familiar. texas under a state of emergency. so too is kansas. >> we're very concerned about this storm. believe it may be worse than the last one. >> reporter: a motorist killed as a result of the storm. in missouri kansas city's mayor urging people to stay inside. >> we need our kansas city citizens to take this seriously and to spread the word and to be off the roads as much as possible. >> reporter: in oklahoma, a roof caved in, killing one inside. >> we do have that collapse. one individual was found dead at the scene there. >> reporter: most of the trouble was on the roads. motorists, some stranded for hours, as emergency crews tried to reach them. but this is the midwest, and
people here have seen and measured much worse. >> we are approaching 6 1/2 to 7 inches of snow. >> jason carroll joins me from peoria, illinois. the storm seems to be headed to the northeast? >> reporter: that's correct. you're looking at cities like milwaukee, detroit, chicago. those are the cities now in the path of the storm. when the storm does head that way, it might be a different kind of snow than what we experienced here which is a wetter, gloppier type of snow. in the panhandle a drier type of snow that caused the whiteout conditions. the conditions in the northeast still expected to be very, very bad. forecasters are telling people to definitely stay off the roads. coming up jodi arias is back on the stand in her murder trial, the 11th day of her testimony. we'll get you the latest on that with jeff toobin and mark geragos. isha is here with a news bulletin. it wasn't pretty, it wasn't
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and shooting murder of her ex-boyfriend, travis alexander. arias has been on the stand for 11 days now. marathon testimony that has more lurid drama than any case we've heard in a long time. arias has changed her story several times. at first to police she denied even being in the same city on the day alexander was murdered, then she made up an elaborate story about two intruders who killed him and also tried to kill her. now her story is that she did indeed kill him but that it was in self-defense, he was abusive. today's cross-examination focused on the couple's sex life. we want to warn you the testimony is graphic, maybe too explicit for younger viewers. randi kaye reports. >> reporter: if travis alexander was so dangerous and so abusive to jodi arias, then why, prosecutors want to know, was she sending him text messages, calling him an amazing friend and telling him she loved him. >> you're still under oath. >> reporter: in court today she was questioned about one text sent in april 2008 just two
months before arias supposedly killed alexander in self-defense. >> well, you've been telling us before that he was mean. do you remember telling us that? >> yes, he was also that. >> and you've been telling us that, in addition to being mean, he was somebody that -- who physically abused you, right? >> yes, he did. >> that doesn't seem to correspond, does it? you've given us two versions, correct? >> of what? >> of mr. alexander. >> reporter: and the contradictions continued. prosecutors played clips from arias' 2008 interview with "48 hours" where she gushed over alexander. >> he was a light. and he had so many -- he brightened a room when he walked in. he literally brightened the room. it almost seems like the world is a darker place with him not in it. >> reporter: again she was asked to explain. >> according to that particular excerpt in your statement, he was a great guy, right? >> yes. >> and he was a great guy, it
appears, to everybody that seemed to come in contact with him, correct? >> yes, it appears. >> reporter: and there's more. why, if arias was so disgusted after supposedly catching alexander masturbating to child porn, did she continue to date him and have sex with him? sex that at times involved pop rocks and tootsie pops. >> so you think somebody who masturbates to pictures of little boys is beautiful on the inside, right? >> i don't think that aspect of him is beautiful at all. i think it's sickening. >> reporter: sickening, yet still in court today even though arias maintains alexander abused her, she told the prosecutor he was hard to say no to. >> in fact the way you described it was that he's somebody that you could not stay away from sexually, right? >> um, yes. >> and he described you as his kryptonite, right? >> yes. >> and so it was a situation
that you were mutually attracted, right? >> reporter: on the stand arias tried to play down her sexual prowess, but the prosecutor challenged her. listen. >> so are you saying that you did that even though you didn't want to? >> yes. >> and did you tell him that? >> no. >> did you think he was a mind reader and would know you didn't want to do that? >> no. >> one of the things that you said that was kind of striking about that was when he was performing oral sex on you, you said, he sure knew what he was doing. do you remember saying that on direct examination? >> yes. >> do you remember that? >> yes. >> doesn't it take one to know one? >> reporter: he challenged her again with this -- >> you were the one that had the ky or brought it into the relationship to make it better, right? >> to facilitate our activities. >> sure. that would make them better if it facilitated your activities, right? >> and yet you're telling us
that and on the other hand you're telling us, well, i felt like a prostitute. which one is it? >> reporter: even during moments like that here in court, jodi arias never lost her cool. at times she'd bite her lip, even look to the jury for some sort of approval. and when she didn't like the direction of the questions from the prosecutor, she simply lost her memory. >> how is it that if it just happened, you can't even remember what you just said? >> i think i'm more focused on your posture and tone and anger, so it's hard to process the question. >> randi kaye joins me now. she remembers very specific details but not others, right? >> that's right. she doesn't remember taking the gun with her when she left the house that day after the murder, but she remembers tossing it. she doesn't remember stabbing alexander 27 times but remembers the sound of a knife clinking when it fell to the bathroom tile. all so strange. she remembers so many specific details about her car ride to
mesa the day that she says she killed alexander, even what she ordered at starbucks, yet she can't remember the details of the murder when asked by the prosecution. >> she also does seem to contradict herself. does anything really stand out to you in terms of that? >> there's so much to choose from, but the issue really of her journal is the big one. the prosecutor went after her because she never wrote anything negative about travis alexander in her journal. you have to think if it was so bad with him and he abused her and punched her in the neck, why wouldn't she have written about that in her journal. in fact she wrote in her journal that she hadn't written in a while because there was nothing of interest to report. sounds like she had plenty to report. >> joining me now jeffrey toobin and mark geragos, co-author of the upcoming book "mistrial." mark, we saw a lot of this prosecutor in the back and forth between them. you were scoffing at his tactics. >> if i wanted to teach a class
tomorrow on trial advocacy and how not to cross-examine, i would just have them sit and watch this guy. >> why? >> this guy is a clown. what he's doing -- i mean, i'm not in there in the courtroom to watch the jury react. but what has happened here is i think a shift in the trial. i think whatever chance they had of getting the death penalty, if they keep this prosecutor on for another day or so, he's going to turn off everybody on that jury. >> i think that's unfair. look, the prosecutor suffers from an embarrassment of riches. he has so many opportunities to cross-examine her. she has lied so many times about so many subjects. >> then why is he such a -- why is he so over the top? the stuff yesterday, i thought the first day you're up there, you're going to start talking about subpoenaing god and whether she thinks he can subpoena god. today she got the best of him on at least seven different occasions that i watched. >> you're saying your anger, your posture. >> jurors, having done a couple of jury trials in my lifetime, jurors are not going to like or
embrace what this guy is doing. >> i can't speak for the jury. but a certain degree of moral indignation is very much in keeping with the prosecutor's role. especially when you've got a woman who stabbed somebody 27 times and says it's in self-defense. if you go about a case like that in a passionless way, the jury's going to think that's odd. >> i'm not talking about -- wait, wait. we're not talking about lack of passion or lack of moral indignation. i'm all for that. this guy, i don't know him. he might be a very nice husband and father, but so far in the courtroom, he's a buffoon. i've watched him. i hate to say it and i hate to criticize somebody from 2,000 miles away, but what he's doing as a cross-examination is boilerplate what you should never do. >> because he's too demonstrative, because he's belittling of her? >> belittling of her in ways that are goofy. and i just don't think he needs to be. i would agree with jeff.
you can be morally indignant. you can mock the hell out of her for 27 times, 29 times stabbing and shooting, but this idea of kind of this over the top exaggerated mocking of her, i think just isn't going to play well. >> we talked about this a little bit yesterday, but why the graphic details about, you know, what sort of jelly they used and why is that being -- this is going on for days and days. >> what the prosecutor was trying to show today was, look at all the steps you were taking to enjoy sex with him. you were obviously a very willing participant in sex. at the same time you're saying he's abusing you. that's the theme of those questions. the question i have about this whole enterprise at this point, the cross-examination, is when do diminishing returns set in? keeping her on the stand -- >> yesterday. >> tomorrow will be 12 days. there is a phenomenon that goes on in some trials that when you see someone for so long, you
start to sympathize with them at least a little bit. >> i think that's exactly what has happened. that's why this guy has completely -- >> that's what the defense wants. >> right. that's what the defense wants. this prosecutor has played into that. >> they're not trying to get an acquittal. they're trying to save her life. >> i don't care what anybody is going to say. this is not a defense team that's saying we're going to walk her as self-defense. that's the vehicle that they're getting all of this information in, but they're looking to save her life. and this prosecutor has just bitten off exactly what they want him to do. >> the fact that arias remembers a lot of details but then, you know, from her past, but then mysteriously can't remember anything about the brutal attack, does that pose a problem for the defense? >> oh, yes. i mean, you don't think? of course it does. >> because the way he was asking it, even in your package right there and that didn't even i think adequately embrace
everything that happened today, you can't even follow the logic of what this guy's doing. the things that -- there are so many inconsistencies but the way he's getting into it is ridiculous. >> a common issue with defendants taking the witness stand that they remember facts that are favorable to them and they don't remember stuff that isn't favorable. of course, the key fact in this case is stabbing him 27 times. she doesn't remember that. i mean, give me a break. who wouldn't remember stabbing someone 27 times? and i think pointing that out is perfectly -- >> i agree. but the way he points it out. somebody just needs to pull him aside and tell him sit down. he is not helping the prosecution. >> so where does this go -- how long could she be on the stand for? >> i guess till the end of the week. you know, given how long she testified on direct. she was ten days on direct, which to me is just absurd. it was discussed yesterday, that's because it's a death penalty case. the judge gave her lawyer enormous discretion to let her testify basically about anything
she wanted. but having done that, the judge has to give prosecutor discretion to cross-examine for a similarly long time. i think the prosecutor may think -- he probably should think it's the better part of trial strategy to just sit down and not go on for more days. >> do you think -- >> no, i don't think this guy has any clue, i really don't. this guy will keep going and going. he's the energizer bunny of prosecutors and he doesn't get it. i don't think he's winning himself any points whatsoever. >> a fascinating case. a big new study about the mediterranean diet. it's getting a lot of attention. are it results as clear-cut as they've been reporting? you may have heard about this. is it really the best answer for reducing heart disease and saving your life? humans. even when we cross our t's and dot our i's, we still run into problems. namely, other humans. which is why at liberty mutual insurance,
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big new medical study has a lot of people talking. for years we've heard about the supposed benefits of a diet rich in olive oil, fish, nuts, vegetables known as the mediterranean diet. now someone has tested it head-to-head against a low-fat diet to see if it cuts down on heart attacks and strokes. the mediterranean diet won hands down. dr. sanjay gupta joins me now. what do you make of this? every day there's a different fad diet. we've known for a long time olive oil, beans, legumes and stuff is good. but the numbers in this study seem huge. >> yeah, this is part of the
diet wars. i mean, this has been going on for a long time. the question we're trying to answer, an important one, is a mediterranean diet better than a low-fat diet in terms of reducing heart disease, stroke and lengthening your life? we still don't know the answer to this question because this was not a very good study. the people supposed to be eating a low-fat diet which some define as getting less than 10% of your calories from fat, they were eating 37% of their calories from fat. >> they couldn't stay on the low-fat diet. >> i think the headline may be low-fat diet very hard to stay on, but the question they were trying to answer, which is better, they didn't answer that here. >> in terms of details. they were talking about drinking seven glasses of wine a week. >> right. >> having two or three tablespoons of olive oil almost every day. >> four tablespoons of olive oil a day, handful of nuts, walnut, hazelnuts. five times a day of servings of
fruit, three times vegetables, then three times a week of fatty fish like salmon and mackerel. >> this is not a diet that people will lose weight on. that's not the goal, it would seem. >> they eat a lot of calories and do not lose weight. but from a cardiovascular standpoint, the healthier blood vessels. >> after hearing this story i had olive oil last night and i had some red wine. is that stupid? >> i'm glad that's what you took away. >> that was my only takeaway on it. i happen to like olive oil. should people, starting today, start on this mediterranean -- >> i think mediterranean is a very good diet. we talk about heart disease a lot. i have a goal of making myself heart attack proof. not having is a heart attack, not dying from that. looking at the data, low fat diet. very low fat has a lot of benefit as well. there are different kinds of fat. people will say olive oil, that's an oil.
there's monounsaturated fat and there's polysaturated fat. you don't want as much polysaturated fat and you want to figure out how many calories from fat you're getting in. try to keep the number low. >> i've tried a low-fat diet, it's hard to stick to that. you see celebrities on tv and they have a private chef, easy for them to do it. but for folks that don't, it's hard. >> you make an important point. at the end of the day, doctors tell patients all the time, you have to do something that you can actually stick with, a certain type of diet or activity. it is an incredibly hard diet to stay on. >> the mediterranean seemed easier because it seemed more pleasant. you get the wine. >> the alcohol and the wine. >> seven glasses. a week. sanjay, thanks very much. coming up, a singer morrissey, refuses to be on "jimmy kimmel live" because of who the other guests are.
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